Football - Le Fondre sets sights on starting role

Reading striker Adam Le Fondre is keen to shake off the `super-sub' label he has earned for his goalscoring exploits in January.

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Le Fondre picked up the Barclays Player of the Month award for scoring five times in the league last month, with all of his efforts coming as a substitute.

Two goals in the win at Newcastle and draw at home to Chelsea, plus an equaliser in the 3-2 victory over West Brom, mean the 26-year-old is now seen as the Royals' go-to man if the starting line-up fail to provide the goals.

But although the former Rotherham forward is happy to see Reading sitting outside the bottom three thanks to a good run of form, he is itching to be back in manager Brian McDermott's first XI.

"I'm as happy as I can be coming off the bench," he said.

"Obviously I want to start and the gaffer knows that. I've spoken to him numerous times after I've scored goals that I want to start games, but those five goals from the bench have catapulted me into the `super sub' tag.

"I don't want to be stuck with that for the rest of my career. I don't want to play 20 minutes in games, I want to play for 90 minutes.

"It is the exact opposite of what I want to be known as. I'm not an impact player and just do the best I can every time I'm on the pitch.

"I just want to start games - for the time being it is as you are because we are winning games and have got to stick with it."

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